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Best Famous Haiku Poems

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by Barry Tebb | |

LETTER TO MICHAEL HOROVITZ

 It is time after thirty years

We had our Poetry Renaissance

Rise, Children of Albion, rise!

It is time after nightmares of sleep

When we walked the streets of inner cities

Our poems among the burnt-out houses

And cars, whispering compassion

To the addicts shaking and the homeless

Waking and those who have come apart

In the nowhere of today

Begging in stations

Sleeping in boxes.
It is time to find Our lost, those children I taught three decades ago To paint on ceilings With sticks of incense Rainbows of silence For John Cage To write on walls In luminous paint Pink haiku For Allen Ginsberg.
It is time to awaken and emblazon the sky With symphonies of sorrow, To draft the articles of war.
Poets of the Underground The doors have opened The ghost of Walt Whitman Grey-bearded, in lonely anguish Walks with us.


by Kobayashi Issa | |

That wren

 That wren--
looking here, looking there.
You lose something?


by Matsuo Basho | |

Four Haiku

 Spring:
A hill without a name
Veiled in morning mist.
The beginning of autumn: Sea and emerald paddy Both the same green.
The winds of autumn Blow: yet still green The chestnut husks.
A flash of lightning: Into the gloom Goes the heron's cry.


by Matsuo Basho | |

In the twilight rain

In the twilight rain
these brilliant-hued hibiscus . . .
A lovely sunset


by Matsuo Basho | |

From time to time

From time to time
The clouds give rest
To the moon-beholders.


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In the cicada's cry

In the cicada's cry
No sign can foretell
How soon it must die. 


by Matsuo Basho | |

An old silent pond...

An old silent pond...
A frog jumps into the pond,
splash! Silence again. 


by Masaoka Shiki | |

Toward those short trees

Toward those short trees
We saw a hawk descending
On a day in spring


by Natsume Soseki | |

Over the wintry

Over the wintry
forest, winds howl in rage
with no leaves to blow.